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Top 12 Most Memorable Wins Of 2012

In the hundreds of matches played this year, there were just as many wins. Some were by walkover, some by retirement, but the most memorable often come when a title is won, a trophy is lifted, a dream is realized and history is made. Here are the top 12 most memorable wins of the year:

Honorable Mention – Rocking Rakuten: Kei Nishikori defeated Milos Raonic 7-6, 3-6, 6-0 to become the first Japanese player to win the Rakuten Japan Open.

Honorable Mention – Czech Closer: Radek Stepanek defeated Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3 to clinch the Davis Cup title for the Czech Republic with a 3-2 win over Spain.

12. Historic Hev: Heather Watson defeated Kai-Chen Chang 7-5, 5-7, 7-6 in over three hours to win Osaka, her first WTA title and become the first Brit to win a WTA singles title since 1988.

11. A Master Finally: David Ferrer defeated Jerzy Janowicz 6-4, 6-3 to win the Paris Masters – his career first Masters title.

10. Vika Victorious: In her first Grand Slam final, Victoria Azarenka defeated Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-0 in an hour and 22 minutes to win the Australian Open, her first Grand Slam, and clinch the WTA No.1 ranking.

9. Golden Girl: Yaroslava Shvedova defeated Sara Errani 6-0, 6-4 in the third round of Wimbledon. The third round of a Slam may not be the most memorable occasion, but Shvedova did it in memorable style, becoming the first player in the Open Era to win a set without dropping a single point (a Golden Set).

8. Wildcard Champions: Wildcards Jonathan Marray and Freddie Nielsen defeated Robert Lindstedt and Horica Tecau 4-6, 6-4, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3 to become the first men’s wildcard pair in Wimbledon history to win the doubles title.

7. Double Trouble: Serena Williams defeated Aga Radwanska 6–1, 5–7, 6–2 to win the Wimbledon singles title and later, with her sister Venus, defeated Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 7-5, 6-4 to win the Wimbledon doubles title.

6. Career Slam Accomplished: Maria Sharapova defeated Sara Errani 6-3, 6-2 to win the French Open and complete a Career Grand Slam.

5. Murraculous: Andy Murray defeated Novak Djokovic 7-6, 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2 in 4 hours 54 minutes to win the US Open, his first Grand Slam and the first singles Slam for Great Britain since 1936.

4. Wimbledon Reign: Roger Federer defeated Andy Murray 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 in a 3 hour and 24 minute match that took place half outside and half indoors to win Wimbledon and his 17th Grand Slam title.

3. HIS7ORY: Rafael Nadal started playing Novak Djokovic in the French Open final on Sunday but didn’t defeat him 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 until Monday due to rain to win his 7th Roland Garros trophy, breaking his tie with Bjorn Borg.

2. God Save The Gold: Andy Murray defeated Roger Federer 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 to win Olympic gold for Great Britain at London 2012 (at Wimbledon).

1. Deja Vu Double: Winning twice at Wimbledon was so nice, Serena Williams did it twice (within one month). She defeated Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-1 to win Olympic Singles Gold and, with her sister Venus, defeated Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 6-4, 6-4 to win Olympic Doubles Gold.

(Photos: Getty Images, AP, Reuters, The Guardian, Davis Cup, Sports Illustrated, USA Today)

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